5 Reasons Amino Acids Are Critical For Skin Health

5 Reasons Amino Acids Are Critical For Skin Health

Beyond the general sense that amino acids are good for your skin, you would not be alone in wondering what it is they do exactly. From hydration to supporting healthy collagen levels, we break down five, quite extraordinary ways the amino acids in Active Treatment Essence benefit your skin. 

What Are Amino Acids?

Amino acids are the basic building blocks of proteins and peptides, and a vital part of almost every process within the body, including healthy skin function. They fall into two basic groups: ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’, a name that distinguishes between their source rather than their importance. Essential amino acids must be acquired through diet or other sources since they are not produced by the body, whereas non-essential amino acids are those the body is able to produce itself. Active Treatment Essence was formulated to deliver the amino acids most beneficial for skin, including almost every ‘essential’ amino acid.

Active Treatment Essence was formulated to deliver the amino acids most beneficial for skin, including almost every ‘essential’ amino acid

You can think of amino acids as specialists in terms of how they support your skin. Some form proteins that help the skin maintain hydration, others soothe or function as antioxidants. Here are five of their key benefits, and why they are so important to have in your routine:

1. Serious Collagen Support

Collagen is the most plentiful protein in the body, and the presence of certain amino acids such as lysine, one ‘essential’ amino acid found in Active Treatment Essence, is needed for collagen production. Amino acids also form peptides, the presence of which has been shown to support the skin’s natural collagen production process. When amino acids are available in abundance, your skin has all the building materials it needs for a healthy, smooth complexion.

 2. Plumping, Hydrating Heroes

Amino acids are present in the top layers of the skin and work with the skin’s natural water transport system to move hydration from the surface down into skin, delivering plumping benefits. When paired with other ingredients that bind water, such as the micro and mini hyaluronic acid in Active Treatment Essence, they improve the skin’s ability to retain hydration.

3. Adds To Antioxidant Defense

Some amino acids function as antioxidants, and most lend a helping hand to your skin’s natural antioxidant defense. Helping to shield the skin from daily environmental factors like free radicals, pollution and sun is another important way that amino acids keep skin functioning at its best.

4. Has A Soothing Effect

A number of the amino acids found in Active Treatment Essence are known for their soothing effects on the skin, in part thanks to the support they lend to the skin's natural moisture barrier. Arginine, a ‘non-essential’ amino acid, helps the skin revitalize itself and can even speed up the time it takes to bring a compromised complexion back to its usual radiance.

5. Beneficial For All Skin

Thanks to their versatile, building block nature, amino acids deliver benefits to all skin, regardless of age or skin type. They also work beautifully with other ingredients. When our two products are used together, the amino acids in Active Treatment Essence work well with the skin-revitalizing ingredients found in Active Botanical Serum, including ceramides and omega fatty acids, to bring out a healthy radiance in every complexion. 

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